Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Giveaway

Book Tour, Review, Giveaway, & Excerpt: Always with You (Indigo Trilogy #3), by Kate McBrien

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Do you have the courage to know your past and fight for your future? Contemporary Romance author Kate McBrien returns with the final installment in her steamy Indigo trilogy! On the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, Justin and Lucy seek answers. But without the Varangian Cross, the key to unlocking their story, they are forced to return to London and confront the challenges from which they fled. As the struggles from their previous lives continue to haunt them, Justin and Lucy must work together in order to put together the pieces of their past and uncover their epic love story.

About Always With You:

always-with-you-ebookTitle: Always With You

Author: Kate McBrien

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 28, 2018

Publisher: Kate McBrien

Series: Indigo Trilogy #3

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: 9781732223561

Print ISBN: 9781732223578

Synopsis:

Do you have the courage to know your past and fight for your future?

On the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, Justin and Lucy consult with Sophia, an elderly woman who is gifted in ways beyond the present and physical. What they learn is helpful but incomplete. The story of their past is hidden deeply within the Varangian Cross, and Sophia must have it to fully understand the connection that Justin and Lucy share. However, the cross is with its new owner in London and far too valuable to be loaned out for such an implausible tale.

Disappointed, they prepare to return to London and confront the challenges from which they fled, resigned to leave the past behind, but the struggles of the past seem determined to revisit them.

Justin and Lucy are meant to be together. They are meant to know their past. The cross is the key to unlocking their story, and the source of their eternal and unbreakable bond.

Join Justin and Lucy as they put together the pieces to uncover their epic love story in Always With You, the trilogy’s poignant and passionate conclusion.

Note to readers: This book contains scenes which may be triggering to survivors of sexual violence.

**My Review**

*Apologies for the delay on this post! In no way does my late posting suggest that I did not love this book!

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Kate McBrien’s incredible conclusion to her Indigo Trilogy, Always with You! I have absolutely adored this series and have been on pins and needles waiting for Always with You to be released! In case you missed them, here are links to my reviews of the first two books, Discovering You and Waiting for You.  Just as a brief overview, this series is about rockstar Justin and Art History Ph.D. candidate Lucy, who randomly meet, fall for one another, and share a powerful and unusual bond over a Varangian Cross made with Lapis Lazuli. Despite immediately falling for one another, they have faced several issues that threatened their relationship. In Always with You, Justin and Lucy are hopeful when they meet with a psychic in order to figure out their pasts and connections to one another. She predicts they will encounter numerous challenges and hardships, however, Justin and Lucy continue to stay committed to one another as they slowly learn the secrets of the cross and of the lives of two lovers who lived at the time of the Fourth Crusade in Constantinople, Stefanos and Francesca.

This is certainly one of the most unique, interesting, and addictive series that I have had the pleasure of reading! I was immediately sucked into Justin, Lucy, and their memories of Stefanos and Francesca in the first book and Kate McBrien certainly did not disappoint in this amazing conclusion. A lot of things happen in Always with You involving the cross, it’s history, Lucy’s awful boss Edward, Lucy’s family, Rachel, and much more.

There were a few striking differences in the third book versus the first two. One was the violence. Don’t get me wrong, it absolutely added to the story and made everything even more moving and emotional when Justin and Lucy finally learn Stefanos and Francesca’s story. However, there are scenes that include a variety of physical violence along with attempted and/or committed acts of sexual assault. It was uncomfortable, but truly added to the story and made things seem to come full circle.

Another noticeable difference was the sexual relationship between Justin and Lucy. Things certainly heated up between the couple during this novel and there were a lot of sexy scenes involving fantasies and experimentation. Again, this is something that only enriched the story as Justin and Lucy grew in their trust and love for one another. But they seemed much more adventurous and frisky this time around!

With that being said, I remember when I started this series I was floored by Kate McBrien’s imagery and characterization, except for Justin and Lucy. For some reason, I struggled to truly connect with the main characters, especially Lucy. That has all changed now and I am in awe of how well McBrien brought these two to life. Their feelings, passions, motivations, frustrations, etc. were so developed that it made me feel that I was a part of their journey, rather than just reading about it in a book. The bad characters were absolutely wretched, the good characters were fabulous, and all of the detailed descriptions about settings and events were so vivid that I never struggled to picture them in my mind.

If you have not yet discovered this series, I cannot recommend this one enough. You have to start at the beginning with Discovering You, but I promise that this is an exciting, romantic, tragic, interesting, and magical series that you will love. Moreover, music fans will really appreciate McBrien’s reference to and the inclusion of some amazing classic rock! Always with You conjured so many emotions as I read and I can assure you that this is a story that I will not soon forget, and especially not Justin, Lucy, Stefanos, and Francesca. 

*Thanks to Barclay Publicity and the author for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

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Other Books in the Indigo Trilogy:

Discovering-You-EbookTitle: Discovering You

Author: Kate McBrien

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date Released: July 7, 2018

Publisher: Kate McBrien

Series: Indigo Trilogy #1

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: 9781732223516

Print ISBN: 9781732223509

For fans of Love on the Edge of Time and A Knight in Shining Armor comes an epic romance that proves true love can never die.

Do you believe in soulmates?

A shy art historian. A sexy rock star. A mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret.

Lucy Bianchi has a plan: finish her PhD in art history and land a coveted job at a prestigious Los Angeles museum. Then—maybe—she’ll find time to start dating. Her controlled and predictable world begins to unravel when she chases a runaway dog on the beach and meets a gorgeous stranger.

Justin Hamilton is the charismatic lead singer of the British band Indigo. Years of touring and partying have won him notoriety, and he can have any woman he wants, but who he really wants doesn’t seem to exist.

Until now.

From their first look—their first touch—Justin and Lucy have a connection that defies logic and deepens their desire for each other. When they see the Varangian Cross at a museum exhibit, they’re flooded with inexplicable shared memories that draw them even closer together.

Justin has to return to London just as a salacious scandal explodes that could tear them apart. Lucy must choose between the safe life she’s cultivated, or go to Justin and discover a never-ending love.

Discovering You is the first book of a contemporary romance trilogy.

Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Praise for Discovering You:

“This was a very deep and beautiful love story. It was completely different from all love stories I’ve ever read.”Tania, Goodreads, Amazon

“Discovering You by Kate McBrien is a steamy read. The heat rises slowly in this novel but once the switch is flipped, it boils over with passion.”Up All Night Book Blogs, Goodreads

“Wow what a story. It’s fresh, original, and full of life.”Lianne, Goodreads

“This book has it all. Romance, history, art, music, villains, and a mystical edge. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.”Debbie, Goodreads

“You know you get one of those books that just builds and builds until you can’t put it down. This is one of those books.”Love Reading, Goodreads review

“This is a fascinating premise. Nerd meets rocker and finds an instant connection. I love soulmates and was fascinated to see how things turn out, especially with Lucy’s art history background. The meet-cute was delightful and I enjoyed the growing relationship between the two of them, fast-paced as it was. Both Lucy and Justin are fully fleshed out characters with their own full lives.”Lauren, Goodreads review

 

Waiting-For-You-EbookTitle: Waiting for You

Author: Kate McBrien

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2018

Publisher: Kate McBrien

Series: Indigo Trilogy #2

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: 9781732223530

Print ISBN: 9781732223523

Synopsis:

Do you believe love can transcend time?

It’s only been a week, but Justin is miserable waiting for Lucy to contact him. He’s back in London for Indigo’s concert series and needs to get his head in the game, but his heart is back in America.

Stuck hiding out at her parents’ house in Los Angeles, Lucy is consumed with doubt and regret about her decision to stay behind.

When the Varangian Cross is sold to a private buyer in London, Lucy jumps at the chance to deliver the cross to the new owner and maybe reconnect with Justin.

Lucy arrives in London in time for another roadblock to their relationship: a serious allegation has been made against Justin, and the paparazzi are in overdrive, forcing Justin undercover just to make it through the concert series.

Finally reunited, their passion is renewed. But their nightmares have returned and are feeling more like memories than dreams. It’s time to find out the truth behind their connection.

Waiting for You is the second book of a contemporary romance trilogy.

Note to Readers: This book contains scenes which may be triggering to survivors of sexual violence.

Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Praise for Waiting for You:

“This story is definitely unique when it comes to their connection. The twists had me turning the pages waiting for the next one to hit the page. I am pulling for this couple to make it through the fight.”Two Book Pushers

“I am in love with Justin and Lucy’s story because of their past-life connection. There aren’t enough words to describe how eager I am to have this story come to fruition, and hopefully, witness Justin and Lucy realizing who they are and what they meant to one another many lifetimes ago.”

“Romance lovers that like a touch of fantasy, this should be your next read.”Dandelions Inspired

“Kate McBrien’s talented writing style has simply put, captivated me at this point, so that final book CANNOT COME OUT QUICKLY ENOUGH! And that’s all from me, except HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDING TO ALL!”The Power of Three Readers

“Waiting for You is a great followup to Discovering You. Justin and Lucy’s story is exciting and passionate, and the mystical/fantasy/paranormal aspect just adds another interesting layer to their already wonderful connection.”Live Through Books Blog

“Book two of the Indigo series is no less moving than the first one.  Kate amps up the romance and sex in this book over the first one. She also gives Lucy some backbone that was very troubling to me in book one…I personally can’t wait to see the finish of the story in the next book and like many of the character changes she shows in this one.” – Wicked Cool Flight

“Waiting for You” is like an explosion of events and emotions in the Indigo series. There are so many things going on and there is a twist there that I would have never predicted. I was addicted to Lucy and Justin’s relationship and I read every chapter looking forward for the next! … Kate McBrien has done such a wonderful job with “Waiting for You.” It has a lot of action, it has love and passion and so many other emotions. I was reading and reading until the wee hours of the night and that says something about this author’s gifts.”Lilly’s Book Reviews

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**Always With You Release Week Celebration Giveaway**

Kate is offering one winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card. To enter for your chance to win one these great prizes, please fill out the Rafflecopter link below!

Enter here and good luck!

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About Kate McBrien:

Kate McBrien_squareKate has an MA in art history from San José State University and has taught art history at a local college. For many years, she has worked as a dental hygienist, courageously offering encouragement to her non-flossing patients.

She has always enjoyed writing but became more serious after being encouraged by a friend to participate in National Novel Writing Month. She began writing historical fiction but soon realized that the romance was taking over the history.

Kate is a Bay Area native who lives near the beach with her husband and Lola, their spoiled Labrador Retriever. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, music, movies, reading, and fangirling over Jamie Dornan.

Connect with Kate:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  BookBub

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